Final Call: IJCAI 2013 Video Competition (Deadline Extension)

IMPORTANT: Deadline extended to 2013-05-26 due to requests from contributors.

We are pleased to present the final call for videos to the upcoming IJCAI 2013 Video Competition. In the spirit of earlier AI Video Competitions, the intention is to provide researchers with a forum for demonstrating how exciting and interesting artificial intelligence can be. The results of the competition will be presented at the IJCAI 2013 conference (August 3-9, 2013, in Beijing, China), where the best videos will be given an award. All accepted videos will also be made available

Video Contents

A wide range of videos related to artificial intelligence can be submitted to the competition, varying along a number of distinct dimensions. The topic of a video might for example be a general or specific area of AI, the work of a particular researcher or group (yourselves or others), or a concrete application that depends on one or several AI techniques and that may be based entirely on software or partly on hardware. A video may concern work with different levels of maturity, from introducing something new and interesting, through describing known but ongoing research, to summarizing a mature area or application and showing its impact on society. The intended audience of a video can be students learning about a topic in a classroom, researchers interesting in learning more about subfields outside their own, or the general public.

Specific Awards

In keeping with the above, several distinct awards will be given. The following categories are envisioned, but are subject to change depending on the submissions received.

  • Best long video (up to 5 minutes)
  • Best short video (up to 1 minute)
  • Best application video (demonstrating a particular use of AI)
  • Most entertaining video (illustrating AI in an amusing or interesting way)
  • Most educational video (for students learning about a topic)
  • Most societally beneficial video (showing the public what AI can do and does for them)
  • Best autonomous robotics video (showing advances in robotics, including social aspects of robotics and human-robot interaction)

In all cases, keeping the viewer interested and engaged is essential. The best videos of earlier AI video competitions have often achieved this through the use of humor, background music, and movies / animations. To ensure that the videos are comprehensible to a wide audience, they must be narrated or subtitled in English.


The following criteria must be satisfied by all videos participating in the competition.

  • The video must be relevant to the area of Artificial Intelligence.
  • The video must be submitted in a widely supported encoding and container format. For example, MPEG-2, Xvid or H.264 encoding in an AVI or MKV container could be used. We reserve the right to recode videos before making them available online.
  • The authors must hold the copyright for all materials used, such as music, video, sounds and images, or have explicit written permission from the copyright holders to use and distribute this material.
  • The video must not be offensive and must not advertise or promote commercial products.
Review Process

After the submission deadline, all submitted videos satisfying the requirements stated above will be reviewed by the video competition program committee (to be announced) according to the following criteria.

  • Excitement: How interesting and exciting is the actual technology, research area, application, or other work being presented?
  • Educational content: To what extent can other AI researchers, students, or the general public can learn about artificial intelligence from the video?
  • Entertainment value: How entertaining and captivating is the video to watch?
  • Presentation quality: How well is the video produced, what is the quality of the narration and soundtrack, etc.?

The best videos will be nominated for awards, and the winners decided by the committee will be revealed at a ceremony at IJCAI 2013.


All submissions to the video competition are handled through EasyChair at In addition to standard information such as the entry's title, the names of the authors and their contact information, the following information must be submitted as a .txt file:

1. A link (URL) to a location where the video file can be downloaded by the program committee. This location should preferably be protected by a password, which should then be submitted here as well.

2. A one-or two-paragraph description of the submission.

Key Dates
  • Submission of videos: May 26, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance and award nominations: June 20, 2013
  • Final version and signed distribution license due: June 30, 2013
Program Committee

Alberto Finzi
Alessandro Saffiotti
Andreas Herzig
Charles Ortiz
Danica Kragic
Daniele Magazzeni
Daniele Nardi
Enrico Giunchiglia
Esra Erdem
Froduald Kabanza
Gerhard Lakemeyer
Hector Geffner
Karen Myers
Luc De Raedt
Malik Ghallab
Malte Helmert
Mark Boddy
Mary-Anne Williams
Ramon Lopez de Mantaras
Renata Wasserman
Sven Koenig
Xiaoping Chen
Xinyu Wu
Yili Fu

Further Information

For further information about the competition, please contact the competition chairs (Patrick Doherty and Jonas Kvarnström) at